How The Rooftop Rocked in 2021

How The Rooftop Rocked in 2021

Electric buzz. Epic views. And the magic of live music. The Summer Concert Series returned to the Seaport and The Rooftop at Pier 17 in 2021 with a diverse mix of musical talent—and fans were treated to the beat, the funk, the rock, and everything we needed in between.
man crowd surfing at a concert at the Rooftop at Pier 17

Across 30 dates and 20 sold-out shows, music-lovers and artists made a welcome return to The Rooftop at Pier 17 for that irreplaceable live event atmosphere. The setting on the edge of the East River—with panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan skyline—was the perfect place to celebrate live music together after an all-too-long hiatus in 2020.

aerial of the Rooftop at Pier 17 at night

In the words of Billboard magazine, reviewing the sold out Kesha concert, the crowd relished “the chance to get crazy at the open-air rooftop venue with a killer view of a city that’s finally opening back up after a tough quarantine.”

Kesha performing on stage with a giant blow up cactus and mushroom at the Rooftop at Pier 17


In addition to Kesha’s raucous pop energy, this season’s one-of-a-kind live experiences included: Stars And Strings—a country-rock observance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 that featured Darius Rucker, Zac Brown, Chris Young, Lee Brice, and more; the hip-hop and pop-punk power of Machine Gun Kelly; the first performance in over 15 years by certified hip-hop legends The Fugees; two sell-out nights by Southern rock/alt-country superstars Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit; CeeLo Green’s signature blend of soul, hip-hop and R&B; and a lightning rod performance by rising rap star Don Toliver.

Photo credit: Keeyahtay Lewis on behalf of The Howard Hughes Corporation


These artists and a diverse array of other acts—combined with fans’ energy—made the 2021 Summer Concert Series a string of 30 had to-be-there nights. See the full lineup below:

07.30.21 Rise Against – Nowhere Generation Tour
08.04.21 Blues Traveler & JJ Grey & Mofro
08.12.21 Pink Martini feat. China Forbes
08.20.21 Yacht Rock Revue – The Hotter Dads in Tighter Jeans Tour
08.25.21 Spirit of the South Tour – Blackberry Smoke
08.27.21 Sad Summer Festival presented by Journeys: All Time Low, The Story So Far, The Maine, Movements, and more
08.31.21 Kesha – Live
09.09.21 Dr. Dog – Last Tour
09.11.21 Audacy’s Stars And Strings presented by Samsung Galaxy
09.12.21 Governors Ball Presents: Bleachers
09.13.21 Isaiah Rashad – Lil Sunny’s Awesome Vacation
09.14.21 Machine Gun Kelly – Tickets To My Downfall Tour
09.15.21 The Front Bottoms
09.16.21 and 09.17.21 Lord Huron
09.21.21 Flogging Molly & Violent Femmes
09.22.21 Global Citizen Live: The Fugees
 09.24.21 and 09.25.21 Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
09.28.21 Good Vibes Summer Tour 2021 – Rebelution
09.29.21 The Seaport Community Concert featuring CeeLo Green
09.30.21 Rufus Wainwright & José González – Unfollow The Rules In The Local Valley Tour
10.01.21 ZIGGY MARLEY – A Live Tribute to His Father
10.02.21 Don Toliver – Life of A Don Tour
10.03.21 Mt. Joy & Trampled By Turtles
10.04.21 A Day To Remember – The Re-entry Tour
10.07.21 $uicideboy$ present Grey Day Tour
10.08.21 New Found Glory – Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead Tour
10.09.21 NEEDTOBREATHE – Into the Mystery Tour
10.10.21 Rodrigo y Gabriela – By Request

Want to dive in again? The 2022 concert lineup won’t disappoint. Confirmed performances to date include Deftones (May 15), James Arthur (May 20), Greensky Bluegrass (June 24 & 25), Bikini Kill (July 8), and David Gray (August 16). See you at the front of the stage!

For details and new additions to The Rooftop at Pier 17’s slate of upcoming performances, visit Tickets are available for purchase at and onsite at the Pier 17 Box Office during operating hours.